A Proposed Combat Food Service System Concept for the Army in 1990
ARMY NATICK RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER MA
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The existing system for providing foodservice during combat would experience considerable difficulty operating in the future conflict environment. The mission on the new battlefield, which requires combat troops to be assigned to tactical vehicles and operate with highly mobile task forces, requires a new system which can provide quality hot meals when the opportunity exists. A new combat food service system has been defined which, by making use of recent advances in heat sterilized preprepared foods will provide a highly mobile foodservice capability. The new shelf stable T-ration items with associated development of a new mobile food service unit to provide a means to heat on the move and serve meals immediately on arrival is proposed for use in the active combat zone. The new concept also addresses foodservice in the COMMZ and threatre areas and the interface between field and garrison operations. The recommended new system has the potential to reduce foodservice staffing requirements by approximately 50. The annual savings for the new system are projected at 166-314 million dollars. The volume of water consumed is reduced by two million gallons per day and fuel requirements are at least 220,000 gallons less per day.
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition